Key moments: Wanderers v Wellington


All the key moments from tonight’s match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix.

Phoenix denied by the post…twice!

How did that stay out?

That’s exactly what the Phoenix will be thinking after David Ball cut inside from the right and hit a curling effort at goal.

The strike had Tristan Prendergast beaten but it hit the inside of the post, bounced across the goal line and hit the other post before the Wanderers were able to clear.

Muller hurt in sickening collision

There was a scary moment on 20 minutes when Wanderers playmaker Nicolai Muller was involved in a heavy collision with Phoenix defender Louis Fenton.

Medical staff sprinted onto the pitch to treat Muller who hit the ground hard and was heavily concussed.

Play was halted for almost seven minutes before the German was stretchered from the field and replaced by Kwame Yeboah.

Duke goes close for Wanderers

It took until first-half stoppage time for the Wanderers to produce their best moment, and unsurprisingly skipper Mitch Duke was heavily involved.

Making his 100th Hyundai A-League appearance, Duke swooped on a mistimed Luke DeVere clearance from Simon Cox’s cutback.

Duke did well to control the ball then fire off a shot at goal by Stefan Marinovic was able to make the save and keep scores level at the break.

DeVere is off after second yellow

Having received a yellow card just a few minutes earlier for a foul on Duke, DeVere was sent for an early shower on 65 minutes for a second caution.

This time he tugged down Kwame Yeboah as the attacker tried to race onto Pirmin Schwegler’s through ball, giving referee Kurt Ams no choice but to produce a second yellow for DeVere.

Luke DeVere

Yeboah breaks the deadlock

It didn’t take the Wanderers long to make their numerical advantage count as Yeboah pounced out of almost nothing.

Schwegler’s ball to the right picked out Tate Russell and the youngster did well to get the ball out of his feet and swing in a cross.

And the ball in was perfectly placed to pick out an unmarked Yeboah, who did superbly to divert his header inside the far post, giving Marinovic no chance.